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A’Ibom APC receives PDP Decampees

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Edet Bassey | Uyo

Director General APC/ONE campaign organization, Senator Ita Enang in collaboration with Dr. Amadu Attai, APC Deputy Governor candidate received over 700 former PDP faithfuls from 12 local government areas of the state into the APC family. The reception was facilitated by Bishop Samuel Akpan, an APC stalwart and founder, Akwa Ibom Peoples Forum (AKPF). The 12 former PDP chapter chairmen under the name and banner of 12 Disciples 4 Nsima along-side their followers were led by Hon. Pastor Ben Effiong, former chapter chairman of the party from Uruan LGA. The former chairmen and leaders of the decampees are; Hon. Obot Udofia (Uyo), Hon. Mfon Udonsek (Etim Ekpo), Apostle Nse Akpan (Ukanafun), Akparawa Inyang Anyang (Nsit Ubiom), Hon. Akpan Monday Akpan (Nsit Attai), Hon. Harris Esifa (Udung Uko), Chief Etim Inyang (Ikono), Hon. Lawson Ukim (Urue Offong), Pastor Ben Effiong (Uruan) and Ime Okon (Ibiono) from the respective local governments.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues and the PDP decampees, Pastor Ben Effiong acknowledged the presence of Dr. Amadu Attai and commended him and ONE for emerging victorious as APC gubernatorial candidates in the 2019 general elections. He congratulated ONE and Dr. Attai as flag bearers of the party saying the duo were a perfect combination. He recognized Senator Ita Enang and applauded his excellent performance as the Presidential aide in charge of NASS liaison (senate). Effiong expressed disaffection with their former political party saying the party and its leadership were less-thoughtful and uncharitable in its reward process. He averred that every discerning politician in the state can see the hand-writing of failure on the wall for the PDP. He described the party as a sinking ship asserting that only a fool or dummy will fold his/her hands and perish with a sinking ship. He declared that 12 Disciples 4 Nsima were politically conscious and alert to their commitment to good governance and development of the state. He said, “we have decided to jump ship to support APC and ONE who enjoys the goodwill and support of a vast majority of Akwa Ibomites following his programmes for the development of the state”. He posited that membership of the group will grow to more than a million by December 2018.

Addressing the decampees, Bishop Akpan declared an end to Deacon Udom Emmanuel’s government in the state. He prophesied that Udom will return home to Onna in 2019 and laced his prophecy with a song to the ecstatic jubilation of his audience.

Also addressing the decampees, senator Ita Enang began with the rendition of a folk song that captivated the attention and interest of the decampees. Senator Enang applauded the decision of former PDP members to defect to a progressive party. He said, “as a political party, the pride of APC and its leadership is anchored on integrity, honesty and dedication to duty. We warmly welcome you to APC and guaranty you equal rights and privileges. Now, you have the opportunity to compare and contrast both political parties. The APC federal government is extending all rights and privileges due to Akwa Ibom state including its monthly allocation from the federation account without fail or hesitation. Regrettably, Udom is not deploying the state resources in a manner that meets the peoples interest or satisfies their needs. While the federal government is deploying its own resources in building infrastructure and critical social intervention programmes such as N-Power, school feeding and market-moni, Udom is wasting our money”. He implored the decampees to go out and vote all APC candidates in the 2019 general elections.

In his response, Dr. Amadu Attai said “on-behalf of myself and ONE, I wish to express my profound appreciation for the bold and extra-ordinary decision you have taken not minding what others may think of you. I assure you that you have not made any mistake; you have taken the right decision. We welcome you whole heartedly into APC and guaranty you equal rights and opportunity.

The reception ceremony which took place at the Nsima Ekere pavilion along Edet Akpan avenue Uyo was witnessed by Leaders and Elders of the party including Abom Tony Esu, Barr. Solomon Etuk, Barr. Effiong Abia and others.

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Udom Emmanuel Intimidated by the Rising Political Profile of Emmanuel Ekon

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“A golden fish has no hiding place”
The account of the biblical Joseph in the book of Genesis is an account that tells us that no matter human machinations against a man who has been destined for greatness, he will surely be made a great man.

Yesterday, the 7th day of April 2018, was another day in the history of a state where a sitting governor demonstrated fear over a rising political profile of a man whose performance has surpassed imaginations of antics of superlative performance, including the governor Udom himself.

It is now on record that since the existence of Abak federal constituency, there has never been a representative with such a huge positive impact on the constituents as the present representation of Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon. Ranging from human capacity development, infrastructure renaissance and intellectual development. His competency, dexterity, tenacity and prowess as a member of the House of Representatives has received accolades from across the country and the world.

In April 2018, the Akwa Ibom State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, after careful consideration of Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon as a legislator, nominated him for a merit award and was presented to him during this year’s world press freedom day. As a legislator whose concerns are that of using the platform he occupies today for service and development of his constituency, state and the nation at large, continues to do what he knows how to do better.

The Akwa Ibom state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists again has to nominate him again for an award. This time, he was nominated because of his superlative performances. That of April was a merit award and now an award on performance. His nomination for this award was done without his knowledge not until a letter of notification was sent to him by the council.

When this development got to a non performing governor Udom Emmanuel, he rose against it. Immediately, leadership of the NUJ were summoned by the government and told in clear terms to withdraw the award or they would cut ties with the Council including the sponsorship of the program. The governor became very upset about the decision of the NUJ to honor the Lawmaker with such prestigious award when according to him, he was ganging up with Senator Godswill Akpabio to frustrate his second term ambition. See fear and intimidation!

It is a very disgraceful story of a governor dabbling into the affairs of an independent Union in the name of playing politics. I advise that the governor should be more concerned with how he would win votes and not the intimidation of the Journalists. One of the Union members said “We are not happy that the government is interfering in our activities. If they have issues, they should find a way and settle without using our platform to grind their axes.

The question is, does his order to withdraw the award that which will make Udom not to fail the 2019 gubernatorial election? No! His defeat is eminently staring at his face. His order to withdraw the award cannot also stop the people of Abak Federal Constituency from overwhelmingly giving their unalloyed supports to a man who has rewritten the history of the federal constituency in terms of effective and efficient representation.

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Essien Udim PDP Elders Extol High Rate of Poverty in Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Administration

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There is no doubt that Akwa Ibom people have experienced a sad departure from the traditional three square meal that characterised the administration of H.E Sen. Akpabio to the celebrated poverty occasioned by Gov. Udom’s Administration.

Recently, the PDP Elders particularly from Essien Udim extraction in a communique issued on the 29th day of November and intended to drum support for Gov. Udom, lauded the Governor on the rate of poverty in the state as ably promoted by his administration. The acclaimed elders had this to say;

“We are committed and here by ‘solidarize’ with the good governance of His Excellency Mr. Udom Emmanuel Governor of Akwa Ibom State, whose leadership in the state ‘and’ promoted security of lives an poverty….”

First it must be pointed out that the editor(s) and or authors of the said communique owe Essien Udim people an apology for daring to publish such work plagued with grammatical errors. Essien people are better than this.

Be that as it may, it is quite regrettable that the said elders who fed fat from the administration of Senator Akpabio are today extolling poverty and urging the Governor to continue to impoverish the state. Nothing can be more demeaning of these said elders than this self-seeking and lowly scripted message of solidarity. It shows that they are lacking in conscience and love for the future of Essien Udim and Akwa Ibom State at large.

This is one message that Gov Emmanuel should take with a pinch of salt. These men or elders should not be taken seriously. They are no less political jobbers who are self satisfying.

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Akwa Ibom PDP: APC planning to attack State House of Assembly Complex

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Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party through its Publicity Secretary, Com. Ini Ememobong says it has uncovered plans to attack the Akwa Ibom state house of assembly complex by APC mercenaries.

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We are in receipt of credible intelligence highlighting plans by the opposition APC to use thugs to invade the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly and prevent the House from carrying out its legitimate business of law making. The thugs we have been reliably informed, are camped in Ikot Ekpene and will be conveyed in buses to uyo,. On arrival at uyo, they will be dropped at different locations (Abak road by secretariat junction, Itam junction, uyo village road by ikpa road) from where they are expected to board tricycles in pairs and head towards the assembly. Another set of thugs are expected to accompany the ousted lawmaker, Mr. Idongesit Ituen to attempt to force his way into the assembly. The motive of this invasion is to prevent the Speaker from declaring vacant the seat of the sacked legislator. This invasion has as its adjunct function, the creation of tension as a feeder to the desired invitation of ‘Federal might’ to close the assembly. However, the fact of the matter is that by the judgement of the Federal High Court, Uyo delivered in a suit filed by the self-embattled lawmaker( former Honourable Ituen), the court held inter alia that by his defection, he had lost his seat and ipso facto restrained the Speaker or any of the official of the Assembly from recognizing or granting access to the said former legislator. The Speaker had upon receipt of the judgement issued a statement indicating his obedience of the court order. That having been done, the seat of the ousted assemblyman had become vacant by the operation of law. So the intended invasion is unwarranted and in fact useless, as it’s aims are already defeated. The only available route for the Former Honourable member and his co-travellers is to obtain an order of a higher court vacating the judgement of the Federal High Court, Uyo which for all purposes is extant.

We have alerted security agencies to prevent any attack on the symbol of democracy. The State assembly must be protected and allowed to function properly without any distraction.

Signed:

Comrade Ini Ememobong
State Publicity Secretary
People’s Democratic Party
19112018

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2019: Akwa Ibom student group endorses Buhari, Ekere

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Cletus Ukpong

The National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 election.

The group made known its endorsement of Mr Buhari during an event on Saturday in Uyo to mark the International Students’ Day.

The group, which praised Mr Buhari for his administration’s anti-corruption fight and the “reformation agenda”, also endorsed Nsima Ekere, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom.

The president of NAAKISS at the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osura, Chapter, Daramfon Odiong, moved a motion for the endorsement of Mr Buhari as “our candidate”, while the president of the University of Uyo (Uniuyo) chapter of the association, Ime Hanson, moved a motion for the endorsement of Mr Ekere.

NAAKISS has been having a running battle with the state government over the non-payment of bursary to students of Akwa Ibom origin studying in tertiary institutions across the country.

The student body in November last year organised a peaceful protest in Uyo against the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, for allegedly “refusing to show interest in their welfare.”

During the last Saturday event, Mr Odiong said Mr Emmanuel’s administration has made “little or no impact” on education, despite the “huge” money the state government receives monthly from the federation account.

He said apart from the bursary, the students from the state were no longer getting scholarships and grants from the state government.

“We the entire students of Akwa Ibom State origin choose to use this medium to ask these questions: How much is bursary? How much is Christmas carol (which is organised annually by the state government)?
“How much is the cost of political rallies?

“We have been ignored but our voices must be heard,” said Mr Odiong, as the large crowd of students who gathered at the private event centre in the city for the ceremony cheered on – clapping and shouting.

President Buhari’s aide, Ita Enang, and Mr Ekere’s running mate, Amadu Atai, were among the dignitaries present at the event.

After the event, the president of NAAKISS, Uniuyo chapter, Mr Hanson, told PREMIUM TIMES the last time students in the state received bursary, grants, and scholarships from the state government was in 2014 when Godswill Akpabio was governor.

“Since Governor Udom Emmanuel came into office, law students and medical students have not received the grants they used to get from the state government,” he said.
The student leader said they have confidence in Mr Ekere’s ability to take care of students’ welfare if he is elected governor in the forthcoming election.

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